Making Contact

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An international radio program that links people, vital ideas, and important information

Making Contact is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program, heard on more than 190 radio stations in the USA, Canada and South Africa. Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news.

Showcasing voices and perspectives not often heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive, creative and grassroots ways to solve problems.

Making Contact's first broadcast was in 1995.


529 Pieces

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Caption: Dr. Joanna Macy, Credit: www.bioneers.org
Dr. Joanna Macy is a long-time peace, justice, and ecology activist. A celebrated Buddhist teacher, Dr. Macy’s wide-ranging work spans Eastern and ...

Bought by Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 23, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Tillamook Floodplain, Credit: Barbara Bernstein
On this edition, we’ll hear part one of a documentary called Heavy Weather, produced by freelancer Barbara Bernstein. She’ll explore the connection...

Bought by WUAL and The Neighborhood


  • Added: Apr 13, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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On this edition, we hear from LGBTQ immigrants in the U.S. who not only have to hide their legal identity, but their sexuality too. Their stories d...

Bought by WXDU, KRUA, and WRNC-LP


  • Added: Apr 20, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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On this edition, we’ll hear part two of a documentary called Heavy Weather, produced by freelancer Barbara Bernstein. She’ll look at how climate c...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
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On this edition we speak with young artists of diverse backgrounds who use their independent experiences and creative impulses to talk about race, ...

  • Added: May 18, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Rev. James Lawson Arrested in Nashville, 1960 , Credit: www.blackpast.com
An interview with James Lawson, the chief architect of the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins, and confidant to Martin Luther King. Lawson touches on every...

  • Added: May 27, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
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It’s been decades since the U.S. has had a powerful labor movement and recent efforts to revive it have mostly fallen flat. But there is hope for a...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Jun 08, 2010
  • Length: 29:59
  • Purchases: 1
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This June, thousands of grassroots activists converged on Detroit, Michigan to attend the 2010 United States Social Forum. We were there and on thi...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2010
  • Length: 29:59
Caption: Oscar Estrada, Credit: http://www.elheraldo.hn/content/view/full/18947
We hear from activists and experts who say the U.S. can learn a lot from social movements in Latin America.

Bought by KRZA


  • Added: Jul 01, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We take a look at the Police killing of Oscar Grant in Oakland, and the debate over who gets to decide when an officer has done something wrong.

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio


  • Added: Jul 15, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We look at how the unemployed are getting creative about making ends meet, from starting their own businesses to work-sharing.

Bought by WCSU-FM and Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 03, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Making Cheese at the Fiscalini Cheese Company , Credit: Rita Daniels
We go to California, America’s leading producer of fruits, vegetables, and dairy, to see some examples of how the nation’s agricultural industry is...

Bought by WSKG, KZYX, and Yellowstone Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 10, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
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Farmers in California's central valley are getting a sneak preview of what much of the country, and the world, can expect to see in the next few de...

Bought by KALW


  • Added: Aug 10, 2010
  • Length: 07:52
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: cheese maker at Fiscalini, Credit: Rita Daniels
It’s estimated that dairy products make up a full 20% of our daily food intake here in North America. But with increased focus on cattle waste met...

  • Added: Aug 10, 2010
  • Length: 08:42
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Despite Obama’s words of support of small business, experts say some aren’t relying on government, but more and more on community groups and micro-...

Bought by WCSU-FM, KZMU Moab Community Radio, and KUOW


  • Added: Aug 12, 2010
  • Length: 09:00
  • Purchases: 3
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When there aren’t enough hours of work to go around, why not share them? That’s the premise of “shared-work” programs in seventeen states around th...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2010
  • Length: 07:10
Caption: Chilean wind ensemble "Grupo Raiz" in the early 1980s. , Credit: www.hollynear.com
In 1973 a military junta toppled Chilean president Salvador Allende. We tell the story of a group of Chilean exiles who transform their experience ...

Bought by WBEZ


  • Added: Aug 31, 2010
  • Length: 30:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Marching bands from North Carolina to Portland, Oregon are bringing humor, politics, and a unique sound to the streets.

Bought by WXDU


  • Added: Sep 08, 2010
  • Length: 09:49
  • Purchases: 1
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The Infernal Noise Brigade debuted at the Seattle WTO protests in 1999. Jill Friedberg from KBCS in Seattle has their story.

Bought by WXDU


  • Added: Sep 08, 2010
  • Length: 08:26
  • Purchases: 1
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Some bands are getting creative about making a political spectacle, by becoming the protest themselves, and using the internet to make their messag...

Bought by XRAY.fm and WXDU


  • Added: Sep 08, 2010
  • Length: 10:54
  • Purchases: 2